Mainstreaming and Implementing the Water-Energy Nexus for Sustainable Development in the African Region

  • DATE / TIME:
    2018/09/04 - 2018/09/06

    Organiser: United Nations Office for Sustainable Development

    Moderator: Birguy Lamizana, Programme Management Officer, UN Environment


    • Isabelle Raya, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
    • Monga Mehlwana, Industrialisation and Infrastructure Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
    • Anna Wikman, Programme Officer, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
    • Manzoor Qadir, Assistant Director, United Nations University Institute for Water Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)
    • Solomon Gebrechorkos, PhD Researcher, United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

    Water and energy are closely interlinked and depend on each other. Ninety per cent of power generation is water-intensive and about eight per cent of energy is used for pumping, treating, and transporting water to various consumers. Water is especially important and used in large volumes in generating electricity, whether through green energy (hydroelectric power), heat exchange (steam systems), or for cooling (nuclear). In addition, waste streams such as urban wastewater and saline drainage water also offer energy generation opportunities.

    Water is required for fossil fuel extraction and production of biofuels. Energy, for example, is required for desalination of seawater and highly brackish groundwater. Despite close linkages, water and energy have been parts of two independent sectors with a lack of communication and information sharing between the two when it comes to operational and management aspects.

    This workshop will discuss water and energy targets and indicators, such as cross-sectoral mainstreaming, the water-energy nexus, and other goals. Implementation challenges and lessons learned from experiences in Africa and other regions will be shared to mainstream and implement the Water-Energy Nexus perspective to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    Solomon Gebrechorkos, a PhD Researcher at UNU-FLORES, will be a panel member in session 1 “Setting the Context” and will present about the challenges and opportunities in successful implementation of the Water-Energy Nexus, such as the issues of data and climate.


    Organised by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), UN Environment, and Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, this three-day workshop will contribute to developing the capacity of governmental institutions and relevant stakeholders in the African region to effectively manage the water-energy nexus and interlinkages with other SDGs for sustainable development to facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at national level; enhancing knowledge management and best practices’ sharing on the water-energy nexus and interlinkages with other SDGs; and strengthening advocacy and outreach in the areas of energy and water and their interlinkages.

    Further information available here.


    United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC)
    Kazanchis Area
    Addis Ababa